Utah gets a sluggish win against Texas State
We've seen this a million times; a young, inexperienced team gets a statement win and struggles in their next game against a lesser opponent. What should've been a comfortable victory that was decided by halftime turned into a four point game with about 7 minutes to play. Utah made the necessary plays on both the offense and defensive ends to earn the 69-50 win. Utah moved to 10-1 for the first time since 1998 when the Runnin' Utes made it all the way to the championship game. This team is no where near that one, but that fact comparisons are being made is a good sign.
Utah was led by Brandon Taylor who finished with 18 points, 3 assists and 2 steals. Sophomore Jordan Loveridge chipped in with another 14 point, 10 rebound double-double. Delon Wright had his "worst game" of the season and still had 13 points, 3 rebounds, 2 assists, 2 steals and a block. It was certainly not a spectacular outing by the Utes and it didn't need to be. Utah didn't play well and still won the game by 19 points.
In his short time at Utah, Larry has shown the ability to get his teams ready for big games. I expect him to tighten things up and have his team ready to take on the Oregon Ducks on January 2nd.
Utah has played an extremely easy non-conference schedule and it feels like everyone is ready for the real season to begin. The Utes will take a break for the Christmas holiday and will begin preparing for conference play after that.
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